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Tit-for-tat response: Taliban shut Kandahar-Uruzgan road

Tit-for-tat response: Taliban shut Kandahar-Uruzgan road

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May 19, 2019 - 18:45

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents and drivers in southern Kandahar province on Sunday claimed the Talibaninfo-icon had closed the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway and were not allowing anyone to commute.

According to them, the Taliban have shut the highway in retaliation to closing the Khakrez district highway by security forces.

The residents urged the government to reopen the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway as soon as possible because people faced great inconvenience as a result of the highway closure.

Atta Mohammad, a taxi driver on the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants had closed the highway against all types of traffic over the past few days.

He said the Taliban closed the highway after security forces shut the Khakrez road. He said the militants had told them not to travel on the highway until security forces reopened the Khakrez highway.

According to him, the certain highway closure has confronted people with different difficulties and said both the warring sides should not bother public during the ongoing holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

Another driver Abdul Ghafar said the conflict was between Taliban and government but ordinary Afghans bore the brunt.

He said the government had closed the Khakrez highway and in response the Taliban militants shut the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, making common people to suffer.

Mohammad Yousuf, a local resident, told Pajhwok due to the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway closure had a negative impact on northern districts of Kandahar province.

He said the issue had been shared with Governor Hayatullah Hayat who was told people vehicles loaded with food items had been stuck on the two sides of highway.

A number of other drivers and residents held similar views and urged the government to address their issue at the earliest possible.

Aziz Ahmad Azizi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok efforts were underway to reopen the highway soon.

Azizi rejected security forces had blocked the Khakrez road and said Taliban militants had planted landmines on the Khakrez road.

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